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Toyota Pays Workers to Build Habitat for Humanity Homes

It is hard to keep up with all of the world's current events. Between floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, the killing of a terrorist leader, a royal wedding, and a tsunami, for better or worse, this world is a busy, intense place. That is why we are happy to bring you a simple, heartwarming story from the good people at Toyota.

After the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, Toyota's Tundra facility in San Antonio, Texas has been hit hard by a parts shortage.

As you may, or may not have heard, the Toyota Tundra facility in San Antonio, Texas has been hit hard by parts shortages following the March 11 quake-tsunami disaster in Japan. Because, there's simply not enough parts to maintain normal levels of operations, Toyota has been forced to shut it down on Mondays and Fridays and cut production in half Tuesday through Thursday. In total, the facility employs 2,800 workers...

Ordinarily, this would be devastating news, no two ways, if, ands, or buts about it. But, this story has an unusual twist that will make you sit back in your chair in awe. Toyota is actually planning to pay its employees while the plant is down if they enroll to obtain further training or to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

And, if workers don't feel like committing to further training or building homes for Habitat for Humanity? They simply take unpaid leave. Toyota is reportedly choosing to partner with Habitat for Humanity, because it believes the non-profit is all about giving back, respect, and continuous improvement - key tenants the Japanese automaker strives to embody as well.

Interested in more Toyota news? Stay tuned. Motorcars Toyota in Cleveland Heights, is dedicated to keeping you informed.

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